American Memorial Chapel

American Memorial Chapel, London

American Memorial Chapel
4.5
Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
About
Located in St. Paul's Cathedral, this memorial pays tribute to the American men and women who lost their lives during wartime.
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The area
Neighborhood: City of London
From its ancient past as a Roman trading outpost to its 21st century status as the wealthiest square mile in the world, the financial district known simply as “The City” is one of London's most historic and fascinating neighborhoods. Here high rise office towers such as Norman Foster’s Gherkin mingle with Roman ruins and architectural marvels from virtually every era in between, including Christopher Wren's glorious St.Paul's Cathedral, and John Soane's dauntingly classicist Bank of England. This neighborhood is also home to some of the finest restaurants and plushest hotels in Europe, in addition to an assortment of watering holes, upscale shops, and Tube stations. During the week, the City is abuzz with white collar workers going about their business; the weekend sees this area turn into a quiet haven for sightseers.
How to get there
  • St. Paul's • 2 min walk
  • Mansion House • 5 min walk

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greekcypriot2009
Athens, Greece9,354 contributions
Tribute to Americans!
Aug 2017 • Couples
Behind the High Altar there is a semi-circular Apse - the American Memorial chapel.
The chapel is dedicated to the 28,000 American's who were killed in the UK during the Second World War. There are names of the American soldiers by the memorial in a recorded in a 500 page roll of honour.

The High Altar is very ornate with wooden twisted columns on the corner and made of gilded oak. The altar table is made of Italian marble.
Written December 30, 2017
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OregonExplorers4
Albany, OR686 contributions
A lovely, moving tribute to Americans who served in the military!
Nov 2015 • Family
Our family first saw this memorial in the mid-l980's while we were Americans stationed in the UK with the USAF at RAF Chicksands. Since then, we have been back four other times to pay respects while we are in London. Our many thanks to those who placed this remembrance in this beautiful church. It is very moving to stand in front of it.

As with the few other reviewers who have written here, you can find the American Memorial behind the high alter. The memorial book that lists the American service men and women is quite moving, and deserves quiet and respect. The stained glass is so beautiful.

If your UK visit allows, also visit the American Cemetery outside of Cambridge to walk through and pay your respects as well. It is a large cemetery that is beautiful to see, and has history to share with visitors.

Thank you, again, for this memorial chapel.
Written November 30, 2015
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Vgrellner
Poway, CA59 contributions
What a tribute to the US service members
Nov 2015 • Solo
As an American, going all the way to St. Paul's Cathedral in London and found out the US service members who lost their lives during second world were being honored by this tribute. I'm truly touched. It was paid for entirely by donations from British men and women.
Written November 20, 2015
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251pamelak
15 contributions
Very overwhelming
Dec 2014 • Friends
My adult daughter and I were exploring London, including St. Paul's Cathedral. We did not realize the American Memorial Chapel was there. I was very overwhelmed the the English people paying for this themselves to thank Americans for their help during World War ll. Americans get so little thanks, this had a powerful message and it is absolutely beautiful, especially since it came for the peoples' hearts not a government. I highly recommend seeing this.
Written November 11, 2015
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WMIM
Horsham, UK3,231 contributions
Apposite memorial.
Dec 2014 • Couples
I'm surprised by how few reviews there are of this.
This end of St. Paul's Cathedral, including the high altar, was destroyed by enemy bombing in World War II.
The area behind the new high altar became The American Memorial Chapel in 1958 and was funded by the British People in memory of and gratitude to the 28000 U.S. service personnel who lost their lives while stationed in the U.K. during that war.
The windows and panelling here are very beautiful and I think it is a very fine tribute.
Being part of the cathedral you should remember that you will have to pay the rather high admission fee to see this, but it does include access to everything else in the cathedral.
St. Paul's is closed to visitors on Sundays when you can only enter for church services.
I came here on my latest visit to the cathedral last December, but first saw it as a child when it was still relatively new.
Written June 9, 2015
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Curt Y
Angola, NY1 contribution
Christmas Visit, 2013
Dec 2013 • Family
My daughter and son in-law are both Active Duty USAF, serving in Lakenheath. My wife, son and I had the pleasure of visiting them for Christmas. We rode an open roof double decker on a rainy London morning and St. Paul's was one of our stops. Until that day I didn't even know the Memorial existed. Needless to say, it's something I will NEVER forget. The Cathedral itself is breathtaking but the Memorial left me speechless. My only regret was that photography or video was not permitted as it IS a functioning church above all else. I kept my camera respectfully in my pocket. GO THERE and SEE IT FOR YOURSELF. I'd do it again in a heartbeat.
Written April 17, 2014
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oldhickory5
Maplewood, MN110 contributions
Thank you Great Britain
Oct 2012 • Couples
I had not reflected on this chapel until I saw that Tripadvisor was looking for reviews on it. Now that I think about it, I realize just how wonderful this chapel is. In fact, if I was told that I only had one hour to spend in London, I'd want to go back to the American Memorial Chapel in St. Paul's Cathedral. The reason is that the people of England have chosen this chapel as a place to give special remembrance to those Americans who died on behalf of Great Britain and the rest of the world during WWII. There is not ANYWHERE else in London that I can think of, certainly not the usual tourist attractions, where you recognize that any tribute is given to those from America who lived the last days of life in England during WWII.The chapel space behind the high altar is quiet, it's reverent, and with all the stained glass windows giving tribute to the U.S., it's incredibly beautiful. There's a book in the chapel listing all of the U.S. servicemen who died from bases in England. Every day a page is turned in that book to show different names. How special is that? Everyone from the U.S. who comes to London should visit the American Memorial Chapel at St. Paul's Cathedral. That's my reflection.
Written October 29, 2012
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